With an often-chaotic live set attributed to their stubborn refusal to rehearse, it's often a wonder that Zabrinski sound as good as they do. Frontman Matthew Durbridge and keyboard player Robin Thomas write the songs, but the end results often owe more to improvisation and chance than any game plan.
As Matthew once told Welsh Bands Weekly, "Whenever we do practise or turn up for a gig, I get a positive melody in my head within about three seconds of a song being written, and I can't get rid of it. So I just start making anything up, and it changes from gig to gig. They can be the most ridiculously indecipherable rubbish ever".
Misnamed after the 1970 film Zabriskie Point, the band released their first album, Screen Memories, on their own Microgram label. It was followed by their debut single, Freedom Of The Hiway/Rattlesnake On Ice, in March 2001 as part of the Boobytrap singles club.
Then came Zabrinski's second album Yeti, released after signing to Ankstmusik. It came after support slots for Coldplay and JJ72 during Radio 1's One Live in Cardiff, and a successful tour with Gorky's Zygotic Mynci. Yeti was followed by third album Koala Ko-Ordination, and the standalone Executive Decision EP.
In June 2005 the fourth album Ill Gotten Game was released. With a musical concoction involving 80s synth pop, Warp electronica and timeless unfolding melodies, Zabrinski have the talent and the songs to make it far. Look out for them.